In recent months I have had some heath challenges. Doctor's appointments and probing tests have made me realize it is time to get serious about my health. As I have talked with other pastors, I realize I am not alone. There are many of us who need to take better care of our health.
A pastor recently emailed me with this statement:
"Life places many demands on us. I have noticed an increase, especially in the last year or so, with many different areas of my life that need attention. Sadly, it has caused my health to suffer. I have gained quite a bit of weight and have developed some heart problems. Do you have any suggestions on the best way to get back on track, as far as my health is concerned? And, what is the best way to prioritize it all?"
Can you relate?
In her book, Mad Church Disease: Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic, Anne Jackson reports on research revealing the poor health of many pastors:
I can definitely relate to some of these statistics, and yet I keep thinking of Jesus' words in Luke 10:27, "...love the Lord your God with all your strength." As I do some soul searching, I am asking... Am I loving God in regards to how I take care of my physical body? Is my physical health a part of my spiritual example and testimony?
Getting healthy seems overwhelming. We often struggle with knowing where to start. I invite you to join me in taking a series of small steps. We all know these changes do not happen overnight, but as a result of consistently making the right choices.
Here are 20 small, simple steps to consider:
Change occurs as we are faithful and committed to small steps. I hope this list of simple steps inspires you to join me on a journey of becoming a healthier pastor.
Question: What first step will you take to become healthier? Leave your comment below.
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Hi! I'm Loren Hicks. I am follower of Jesus, a husband, a father, a friend, and for the past